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Handmade coins by Paolo Curcio

Handmade coins by Paolo Curcio

Handmade coins by Paolo Curcio

Paolo Curcio is an Italian sculptor based in Spain. He is also known as mrthe77. Paolo transforms old coins from ordinary to extraordinary.
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Since 2003 Paolo has worked as a Jeweler. In 2011 his passion for artistic metalworking led him to discover the Art of Hand Engraving.
Buffalo nickel is an American five-cent coin which was minted from 1913 to 1938. It was made of soft metal and decorated with the image of an Indian’s head in traditional headdress which could be transformed into the portrait of another person, image of an animal or even landscape. The coins were nicknamed Hobo Nickels, most likely because a large number of unemployed artists during the Great Depression enthusiastically made a huge variety of coins. And of course numismatists all around the world have them in their collections.

You can visit Curcio’s official website Hobo Nickel Art

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

Handmade coins by Paolo Curcio

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

Hobo Nickels by Paolo Curcio

I invite you to have a look at cut coins by Rob Johnson. They are amazing. Homeless artist, nicknamed Lazy cat, has been carved coins for almost twenty years. He was a wanderer, traveling across the continent and didn’t think about future plans.
But one day, in 2008, at a street market in Portland, Oregon, a nice girl advised him to sell his coins on the Internet, on Etsy (online gallery of various crafts).
Now his works are popular, they became known as the jeweler’s art.
There are coins from different countries in his gallery: British halfpennies, Panamanian balboas, German pfennigs, Bermuda cents, Swedish öres, Greek drachmas, Ukrainian hryvnias, Australian pennies, Colombian pesos, Irish pounds and even Soviet rubbles.
All carved coins by Rob Johnson can be seen in his gallery on Etsy.

Coin carving by Rob Johnson

Coin carving by Rob Johnson

Coin carving by Rob Johnson

Coin carving by Rob Johnson